Senior Program Director at Perspecta and retired Major General in the United States Air Force
Mr. Mark Westergren is a Senior Program Director at Perspecta. He has over 34 years of executive experience leading large, complex defense, intelligence and cyber organizations. Retiring as a Major General in the United States Air Force, his military career spanned scientific, intelligence, and foreign area career fields and encompassed a wide variety of operational, staff, command and joint assignments in Asia, Europe, Middle East and United States.
Prior to joining Perspecta, Maj Gen (Ret) Westergren was the Director, Engagement and Policy, and the Deputy Chief, Central Security Service, for the National Security Agency (NSA). As Director, he led 3,000 personnel in directing, aligning and integrating NSA’s Enterprise-wide global engagement and communications effort, mission compliance, and strategic planning. As Deputy Chief, he assisted the Director of NSA with operational control of signals intelligence missions conducted by all the military services, comprising over 15,000 personnel.
Before NSA, General Westergren oversaw the global allocation of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities for the DoD. He also served as the Director of Intelligence at United States Strategic Command and at HQ Air Force as the Director of ISR Strategy, Plans and Force Development. From 2004-2010, he held various positions: Director of ISR for Pacific Air Forces; Director of Collection Management for Multi-National Forces-Iraq; Commander of the Air Force Technical Applications Center; and Air Force Fellowship at the RAND Corporation.
Early in his career, General Westergren worked in various scientific, education and intelligence jobs. For five years at the Air Force Phillips Laboratory, he developed coherent semiconductor laser arrays. As an Olmsted Scholar, he learned Korean and studied international relations at Seoul National University in Korea. After switching to intelligence, he led intelligence teams that assessed global strategic threats, analyzed/exploited intelligence on North Korean political, military and technology developments, and drove counter-terrorism intelligence operations.
Mr. Westergren holds a Master in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies, a Master in Military Operational Art and Science, a MBA in finance from Webster University, and a BS in chemical engineering from Syracuse University.
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